Real Madrid are set to receive a huge blow to their season after reports that star forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, is facing a lengthy ban for shoving referee, Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, in Los Blancos’s emphatic 1-3 Spanish Super cup win at Camp Nou.
Ronaldo came off the bench, with the game level at 1-1, before he scored a screamer to put Madrid 1-2 up.
Madrid scored a third to take a 1-3 advantage heading into the second leg at the Bernabeu.
However, the 32-year-old celebrated his excellent goal by taking his shirt off, which earned him a yellow card.
Minutes later, the Portuguese forward was sent off, after receiving his second caution of the match for diving, which led Ronaldo to react by shoving the referee on the back.
Consequently, that particular action is set to cost both club and player severely, with as many as 12-match ban as the punishment for such an offence, according of Article 96 of the Spanish Rule book.
According to Article 96, players who grab, push or shake a referee in a manner that is slightly violent should get a ban of 4-12 matches.
So, with La Liga set to kick off next Monday, August 21, any lengthy ban would represent a huge setback to Madrid’s ambition to defend their league title.
Nevertheless, one thing is certain- Ronaldo will surely miss the second leg of the Spanish Super cup at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.